COLUMBIA, S.C. — State Emergency Management Division leaders sent out a text alert to advise South Carolinians about the governor's order for non-essential businesses to close.  

The alert advised those wanting more information to go to their website, which subsequently crashed.  

 A tweet sent out later said that the website received 650 hits a second from unique visitors - more than they had ever gotten, even during a hurricane. That's over 2 million an hour. 

SCEMD says the site was back up and running less than an hour later.  But many were critical after the site crashed.